10 BEST DRONES

10 BEST DRONES

With the popularity of recreational drones growing, there are more and more to choose from each year, and yes, it can be a little overwhelming, even to me. I sometimes find it hard keeping up with all of them, but I feel it’s it’s my job as a hobbyist and admin of this website, to provide information on as many drones I can get my hands on! So with this post and in no particular order, I’m going to narrow down the top 10 best drones available today!

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YUNEEC Typhoon G Quadcopter RTF Drone

10 Best Drones

If you’re looking for a great quality drone that’s able to take amazing pictures and video for under $500, this would be your answer. Costing less than the Phantom, The Typhoon G features a 3-axis gimbal to mount your GoPro camera, which is great when you’re watching real time footage from a built-in screen on your remote. This quadcopter can reach speeds of 17 mph, and has a flying time of around 20 minutes on a fully charged battery. Price: $499.

Read the full review of the  Yuneec Q500 4K right here.

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Parrot AR 2.0 Elite

10 Best Drones

On the off chance that Parrot’s Bebop drone is excessively expensive, the more established AR 2.0 model has justified a look. This popular drone is great for anyone on a budget, costing around $300.

Using a smart device like your android or iPad, you can download the AR.FreeFlight Control App, connect it to your drone via the built-in WiFi and watch real time footage from the ground, as well as edit and share your videos within the app.

This quadcopter has various sensors for a smoother flying experience, has great handling and an auto-pilot system. Not to mention it also has the ability to pull off some awesome acrobatics like flips and barrel rolls.

Check out my full review on the AR. 2.0 Elite here.

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DJI Inspire 1

10 Best Drones

DJI’s Inspire 1 is a truly masterful quadcopter, capable of capturing 4K videos and 12 megapixels pictures. With the 3-axis gimbal, you can steadily film in one direction as the drone makes turns.10 Best Drones Included in the box is a 16GB micro memory card so you can save videos internally, as well as watch a 720p live feed to your smart device via the DJI Lightbridge app.

A second transmitter (radio controller) can be added (not included) so as one person operates the drone, the other can control the camera movements.

The quadcopter’s responses are quick and smooth, making it one of the easiest to learn to fly.

Costing just under $2400, the Inspire 1 is one for professionals, or serious hobbyists wanting the one of the greatest drones out there!

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3DR Solo

10 Best Drones

3D Robotics’ Solo was built as a companion to the GoPro HERO, that specializes in taking beautiful HD videos and pictures. There are actually two versions available, the Solo with a gimbal and one without, with the difference being around $200. So with this unit, you’re going to need to attach your own GoPro camera.

Not only are there “safety nets”, but this quadcopter comes packed with amazing unique features, for instance, your drone can lock on an object, eg, a building, and orbit around it, maintaining speed and altitude. Makes for some great cinematography.

With a flying time of around 15-20 minutes, and costing around $929, this magnificent drone definitely will not disappoint.

Read our full review on the 3DR Solo right here.

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DJI Phantom 3 Advance

10 Best Drones

The mid-range of the Phantom series, this quadcopter is one of the highest selling drones from DJI, and it’s no surprise why. Advanced comes complete with a 2.7K camera and 3-axis gimbal, and can take 12 megapixels pictures. There are different settings for the gimbal, including fixing on an object, moving it manually using your transmitter or the DJI app via an Android or Apple device.

Even though you can operate this manually,  relying on a GPS-based navigation system is the way to go for the smoothest and most controlled shots, and is a feature most videographers will opt for.

If you ever lose signal or the quadcopter’s low on battery, the Return to Home Fail Safe will kick in, meaning it will bring itself to fly 60 ft in the air to the location it took off from, and land itself there.
Advanced costs around $800 and in my opinion, this is worth every dollar if you’re not willing to buy the Professional.

Read the full review of the Phantom 3 here.

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Walkera Runner 250

10 Best Drones

What happens when a group of enthusiasts with quadcopters get together? They have drone races! Drone races are now more popular than ever, and with the Walkera Runner 250, you cannot go wrong!

This ready-to-fly (RTF) quadcopter can reach speeds up to 25 mph, comes with a first-person-view (FPV) camera and a 5.8 GHz video transmitter. The Runner 250 has a flight time of around 12-14 minutes, however, charging the battery takes over an hour. Its rigid carbon fiber frame makes maintenance and upgrades simple.

This racer costs around $290 and I reckon this will give you the advantage over your competitors!

 

BLADE Nano QX RTF Quadcopter

10 Best Drones

This prominent Nano costs just around $90, and would likely make a ton of children cheer on Christmas morning. Yes, this quadcopter is considered a toy, and whilst it’s great for children (with adult supervision, of course), there’s no rule to say grown-ups can’t have one either. If you’re still not sure if drones are really for you, and want something small enough to fly indoors, this is your answer.

It has 8 minutes of flying time, comes with a USB battery charger and spare propellers.
While operating in Stability Mode, SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology will keep your mini-quadcopter in an upright and stable condition. While using Agility Mode gives you more control, enabling you to reach faster speeds and increased maneuverability.

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UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone

10 Best Drones

The latest from UDI, this intelligent quadcopter costs just $120, and is jam packed with amazing features such as a 2MP HD camera with a resolution of 1280 x 720, it’s equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, which allows for strong stability, easy maneuvering and resistance against strong winds, and a Return Home function. This is a great entry level camera quad that’s extremely easy to learn to fly and control in the air. Price: $120.

 

Cheerson CX20 Auto-Pathfinder

10 Best Drones

Cheerson’s CX20 can be compared to DJI Phantom 3 and is quite often favored as it is considerably cheaper, costing around $280 while still including many exciting features. First off, this quadcopter comes with a camera mount that fits a GoPro camera, unfortunately, the camera is not included. Comes with a Fail Safe and Return Home mode, that allows your drone to fly to its original take-off spot and land safely.

You can effectively control this drone up to 300 meters due to the 2.4G ISM frequency. And with the frequency hopping anti-interference design, you can have two controllers work at the same time and still maintain a remote communications link.

Flying time is around 15 minutes, however, with a camera equipped, flying time becomes a little less due to the increased weight.

This is another great quad to start with if you’re new to drones and after a good quality camera drone. Price: $283.50.

Read the full review of the Cheerson CX20 here. 

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Hubsan H107D X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter

10 Best Drone

This amazing mini quad from Hubsan is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet still manages to have a camera equipped. The camera is 0.3 megapixels, and with the built-in screen on the transmitter, you can see real-time 640 x 480 resolution FPV footage as you’re flying your drone. Videos can be recorded to an SD card that can be inserted into the controller.

Flight time is around 7 minutes and is quite impressive given its size. While it just takes half an hour to recharge the battery via USB. Much faster than larger drones.
At around $150, I would recommend this for first timers or supervised children, and will likely bore more experienced flyers.

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There you have it. From what you can see here, you really don’t need to go all out and spend thousands on a top of the line drone, there are many respectable names here that hold the line quite well when it comes to affordable drones, able of taking beautiful videos and pictures, without spending hours just to learn how to fly the thing. Whichever you decide on, all I can say to you is: follow the regulations and happy flying!

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– David.

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22 comments

  • Wow I didn’t even know the general population could buy drones. And I had no idea you could get one for so cheap. A concern that comes up to many people would be privacy issues. It would be really easy to spy on someone with a drone and that scares a lot of people. If I was going to buy a drone I would buy the DJI Phantom 3 Advance. This one seems like the best for a casual droner.

    • Hey Eric, I’m glad you’ve found this article helpful. The Phantom 3 Advance is definitely a great choice! Privacy will always be a worry for people, but luckily there are regulations in place, and a person can be fined a hefty sum if found violating these laws.

  • Wow! Great review man! I’m also a flyer. I am thinking about what to buy between the Cheerson CX20 and the DJi Phantom 3. I don’t know which one is the best. I’m also a hobbyist and I have small drones at home like the SYMA X5C -1. Now I want to try upgrading to bigger one. Just can’t fix my mind on what to buy for my next project… Thanks for the review. Gonna read the full review of your products here. CHEERS!

    • Thanks for commenting, Russel! You should definitely stick around as I plan on posting reviews on both the Cx20 and the Phantom 3 very shortly! I hope I can make deciding which to buy a little easier for you.

  • Nice review. Very informative & yet simple. It was very helpful to know which drones to look into more & which to avoid if on a budget. Do you have any recommendations for 1st time buyers & beginners?

    • Hey William,
      I reckon the Blade Nano QX is a great quadcopter to start with and to improve your flying skills. It’s small enough to fit in your hand, responds well to your demands, and costs under $100. Also, because they’re so small, they are perfect for indoor flying, so you won’t have to worry about outside weather conditions.

  • Great list of products to choose from and awesome insight into this amazing subject. Drones are really going to be big news in the years to come. What you say is the#1 for a gift. I want to purchase one of these for a friend’s bday. Thanks for this, really well done
    ~Peter

    • Hey Peter,
      I’m glad this post has helped you out! As a gift from the list above, I would recommend something mid-range like the Parrot AR 2.0 Elite. It flies incredibly smooth and is really easy to fly. However, if you’re more on a budget, the UDI 818A HD+ is only $150, is a little smaller, and also has a camera. But both handle well in the air, and have some really fun features!
      Good luck and I hope your friend likes their new drone!

  • A lot of useful and great information about drones, worth checking them put if you are interested in getting one. I enjoy reading the positive and negatives, also the QA section, it is really really useful I must say. Very simple to read, very good use of images within the site. Do you know if any of the suppliers have international courier? Im not based in the US.

    Thanks!
    Cheers!

    • Hey Walter, thanks so much for commenting! Your feedback means a lot. As far as I know they don’t ship internationally, but there should be local suppliers that you can look into.
      Stay tuned for more posts and reviews coming up soon!
      David.

  • Wow

    As a single grown man, having my own drone is probably the only thing I need to complete my life!
    I didn’t realize that there was that many different versions of drones, I feel spoilt for choice. Maybe I could buy more than one and race them? I’m so bored!

  • I’ve been reading a lot about drones this year and am thinking of finally buying one for myself. I wasn’t sure until I stumbled across here that I have decided on the Typhoon G quadcopter. I love the way it looks and is well priced I think.
    I can’t wait for more reviews and thanks!

    • Thanks, Simon.
      I’ve actually got a review on the Typhoon G coming up soon. Stay tuned and thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

  • Hi David, this is a wonderfully written post. I am completely lost and confused with all the drones out today that I must thank you for taking the time and efforts to research this.
    I think the Blade is the best drone to start on, and move up from there.

    • Hi Oliver,
      I agree with you, people are suddenly very enthused with all these drones and to somebody who doesn’t know very much, it can be a little overwhelming. If I can simplify things for newcomers, then hopefully they can make a wise decision when it comes to buying a drone, and guarantee them hours of fun!

  • I can tell you definitely know your drones. I’ve been looking a lot into drones, and I know a lot of people say the Phantom’s the best, but I’m kinda leaning towards the Yuneec Typhoon.
    It still takes HD vids and looks better.
    I wonder if there are any laws about taking these into your work? We could have races, haha.

    • Hey Timothy, unfortunately I can’t answer that for you. You’re going to have to find out of your boss will allow them, but once you show them how awesome they are, how could they say no? 🙂

  • You know what I’ve noticed, David, how these prices for drones today are falling fast. The market is expanding and changing so fast that you can now buy a really good drone for just hundreds. Years ago you’d be paying a lot more for what’s on this list. Do you agree?
    I reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more drones and quadcopters in the years to come.
    My top 10 drones would be slightly different, but great job anyways!

    • Oh yeah, and because they’re not as expensive now, more and more people are buying them, it’s just booming at the moment.

  • I love drones. I like your top 10 list of drones. I’m interested of flying a drone. But I’m pretty sure I don’t need yet this expensive one. What’s the best drone for beginners? Not so cheap, not so expensive. How lon does it take to learn flying a drone?

  • Quite an interesting article on drones, the ones you shared are very impressing and i am sure every child would love to have one or two of these if not more.

    Even many adults might love this product, especially men never seem to outgrow toys of this type.

    Drones amaze me how they work, they are like something out of a sci-fi movie. So which one of these drones is your personal favorite if you only could chose one?

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